How the January Transfer Window Will Shake Things for the Top Premier League Teams
This past January transfer window was full of big moves that will shake things up for the rest of the Premier League season. The window opening after the 2022 World Cup saw nearly $950 in new signings for the English Premier League.
Chelsea went all out with new American-backed owner Todd Boehly spending upwards of $350 million on new signings. Signings included World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez from Benfica. Fernandez became the highest English Premier League signing of all time with a fee of nearly $128 million.
After a near-close deal with Arsenal, Ukrainian young star Mykhailo Mudryk was signed by Chelsea for $100 million.
On the smaller end for Chelsea, transfers included: Monaco’s young star Benoit Badiashile for close to $45 million, PSV’s Noni Madueke for $40 million, French player Malo Gusto for $34 million, the loan signing of Atletico Madrid’s young star Joao Felix, amongst other young players for smaller fees.
Chelsea splashed big time as they are struggling in all competitions as they are in 9th place in the Premier League.
Liverpool is amongst the big-name teams having a hard time making an impact this season. Right behind Chelsea in 10th place, the legendary club purchased Cody Gakpo, who scored in nearly every World Cup game for the Netherlands. The 23-year-old forward from PSV was signed for $53 million right after the World Cup concluded.
After releasing Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United is looking to change its identity. The Red Devils ended up making loan moves without spending on fees. Loan deals included Jack Butland, Wout Weghorst from Burnley, and Marcel Sabitzer from Bayern Munich.
The club known to splurge on players had a quiet window, only bringing in Maximo Perrone for nearly $10 million. The real shock was letting one of the best defenders in the world, Joao Cancelo get a loan deal with Bayern Munich. The problems in the locker room may have been the cause of this shocking departure, and it comes as a surprise as Manchester City is still fighting to try and win the Premier League.
The red-hot Gunners had a decent window without going overboard on spending as initially planned. The Gunners spent nearly $30 million on Brightons Leandro Trossard, who has proven he is a quality Premier League player.
A bargain for Italian international Jorginho from Chelsea came as a last-minute surprise for nearly $14 million.
The signing of Poland’s Jakub Kiwior for $22 million was finalized.
Arsenal hopes these signings can help them stay at the top of the league and close out the year with the Premier League title in their hands.
How can the bettors look at this?
There might be some value after the window; expect Chelsea and Liverpool to pick up their form.
Liverpool to finish Top 6: -125
Chelsea to finish Top 6: +140